I usually take public transportation to downtown Dallas where I work. Today I had to run an errand in the morning so I had to drive. I parked in a lot a couple of blocks from my office. I went to the credit card machine in the middle of the lot to pay for parking and get the receipt to place on top of the dash of my car. This is the way you pay in these lots.
As I was walking back to my car to leave the receipt on top of the dash and go to work, a bus stopped in front on the lot and a couple of guys started walking cutting across the lot to another bus top on the other side of the block. As I was walking a tall man started saying hi to me, but it was clear I didn’t know him and he didn’t know me. I ignored him… and cut across a separate row of cars to avoid crossing his path. At this point he changed course so we would cross paths.
He could be a beggar as there are many in this part of town or he could be something worse. He continued to walk towards me even though I ignored him and walked away from him. I was trying to avoid eye contact but as he continued to walk towards me I put my right hand in my pocket and pushed the thumb tab of my holster and dislodged my S&W 442 from its holster but I didn’t pull it out of the pocket.
It so happened that when I did this, the man saw me put my hand in my pocket and grab something. To my knowledge my handgun was still concealed… but he definitely knew what I was doing. The expression in his face immediately changed to fright and he stopped walking towards me and started walking towards his original path to the bus stop on the other side of the lot. He didn’t take his eyes off of me… and he said “have a good day”. I said “you too”.
Best scenario my revolver saved me from an overly aggressive beggar. In the worst scenario this guy was going to attack me and my gun saved the day. You always get a rush of adrenaline when something like this happens. I have been thinking a lot about what happened… I was wearing dress pants… the 442 is a bit too large for pocket carry with dress pants but it was probably big enough to give him a good print when I grabbed it in my pocket. It worked in my favor that my pocket holster is leather and has a thumb tab. That allowed me to pull the weapon out of the holster and then to re-holster without taking it out of the pocket.
In the end I am blessed nothing happened. This has reinforced the belief you should always be armed.
I just wanted to share…. Share your thoughts if something like this happened to you.